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Book:   PHP Hacks
Subject:   Best PHP reference I have used, bar none.
Date:   2006-02-20 17:51:24
From:   Abe Usher
Rating:  StarStarStarStarStar

Excellent PHP resource

I've read at least a dozen books on web development with PHP. This book is the best, by far!

The good:

  • Excellent coverage of elegant PHP for dealing with databases and XML
  • Outstanding explanation of automated code generation (a must for professional PHP developers)
  • Description (and code implementation) of how to use design patterns with PHP. Former J2EE guys will love this.
  • High quality prose and clear descriptions. I did not find any grammatical or spelling errors.
  • Light sense of humor (without the unnecessary banter that one finds in most "... for Dummies" books)

The bad:

  • Nothing.

As a software developer of 10 years, I give this book my highest recommendation.